Giving Thanks in your Foreign Language classroom, Activities and Lessons for the month of November

Thanksgiving is an important part of our American


  culture.  Not only is it important historically, but it
provides a wonderful opportunity to teach our young ones
about the importance of being thankful for all we have.


 Thanksgiving in your Spanish Class


 Read through these suggestions for bringing


  the Gratitude expressed during this season of
 Thanksgiving into focus in your classroom.  Please click
 I hope you find some or all of  these ideas useful!


What is “Thanksgiving?”




These are a few activities to help your students discover


what Giving Thanks means.  Do some or all of the activities-


You will know what is right for your class!




1.   After discussing the history of Thanksgiving with your students,


ask them to brainstorm with a partner the different traditions associated       


with this holiday.  Ask them to name specifically what they do with

their families on this day.  Have students take turns sharing with the

class and make a list on the board for all to see.



2.  Ask your students what “Thanksgiving” means.  Guide them toward

the “Giving Thanks.”  Ask them if they know any other words that mean

the same thing as “Thanks or Thankful.”  Create a list on the board for

all to see.  Some words to guide them towards:  Gratitude, Grateful,

Appreciation, Appreciative, Recognition.



3.  Have students work in pairs to come up with ideas of HOW to express


thankfulness.  Ask students to list things that they have done to let some-


one know they are thankful.  Have groups take turns sharing with the


class and make a list on the board.




4.  Provide students with paper and give them a set amount of time to write


a story about something they are grateful for.  At the end of the time


limit, do a pair share.  Provide construction paper and have students


attach their story to a fall-colored background paper.  Make a display


for your hallway or classroom to remind everyone that there is something to be
thankful for.




5.  Ask students to brainstorm different ways of thanking people.  Write all


of the ideas on the board.  Then ask each student to think of someone that


they would like to say “thank you” to.  Common ways to say thank you


of course are cards.  Have supplies ready and lead your students in a


“thank you” making activity.




Classroom Thanksgiving Tree
-colored paper
-markers, crayons or paints
This activity can be done with some or all
of the suggestions listed below.  You will
know what is right for your class!
    Using construction paper, cut a huge tree for your classroom, or to
  place just outside your classroom.  (If you have older students or you’re
  lucky enough to have a student TA, this is a great job for them!)  Hang
  up the tree wherever is best for you.
   Have plenty of fall-colored construction paper on hand.  Ask students
   to cut out a leaf and write a word (or short sentence) about something
   or someone they are thankful for in the middle of the leaf.  (If you teach
   a foreign language, this is a great opportunity to use known vocabulary
   or look up new words in the target language!)
   Allow students to tape their leaf onto the tree.  This is a wonderful
   way to keep thankfulness and gratefulness at the forefront of
   everyone’s mind during this Thanksgiving season!
   Every day allow time for students to cut out another leaf to place on
   the Thanksgiving Tree.  (This is also a great suggestion for those
   fast finishers in your classes!)
   At the end of the Thanksgiving Season, don’t just take it down.  Make
   it into a classroom activity.  Have students take down a handful of
   leaves each and then once they are seated again have each student read
   out the Thanksgiving leaves he/she has in her hand.



Classroom Thanksgiving Turkey!

Use the same ideas as listed in the Thanksgiving Tree suggestion, only make a turkey!  🙂

Students can add new “turkey feathers” each day with words written on the feathers to

express what they are thankful for.

Say “Thank You” in many languages.




Teach your students to say “thank you” in many languages.


Create a list on your board (you will find a few “thank yous”


in other languages below) and assign one word per student (or partner pair).




Have each student (or partner pair) write their assigned word


very large in the middle of a piece of paper (construction pap-


er or colored paper is great!) and have them decorate their new






Display the “thank you” decorations around your classroom,


or better yet, in the hallway outside your classroom for the


entire school to enjoy!


Basima           Sayol                Tai merban    
Assyrian             Azerbaijani                     Balochi (Pakistan)
Hvala vam         Blagodarya       Merci
Bosnian                      Bulgarian               French
Gracias             Dank je            Urako
   Spanish                     Dutch                 Comanche
Pidamaya ye      Mahalo              Arigato
      Dakota                 Hawaiian                   Japanese
These are only some of the ideas shared in La Profesora Frida’s FREE download for Thanksgiving!  Please swing by La Profesora Frida’s TeachersPayTeachers store today and download the entire packet of ideas!
And remember– Positive feedback make my day!  If you enjoy even 1 of these ideas, please take the time to let me know!  🙂
~La Profesora Frida




Differentiated Instruction in your Spanish classes, City & Housing Unit: Around Town

Have you applied Differentiated Instruction lessons in your classes yet?  Differentiated Instruction is a great solution to teach the multiple levels of understanding that take place within each mix of students you have throughout the day.

One way to add Differentiated Instruction to your Spanish lessons is to set up “Stations” for a particular topic or unit and allow students to work through the activities at their own pace.

In an effort to add student options and help them learn responsibility for their own learning, I’ve created several units that can be used as Differentiated Instruction Stations.


How do Stations work?

Stations are physical learning locations set up in your classroom.  Each location focuses on a specific area (or modality) of learning.

Classroom Set up:


· Choose locations around the classroom to place each learning station. 


· Choose 1 teaching table.  This is where you will sit, students will know they can approach you for individual instruction (any questions they might have) when you’re at this table.  Students can also approach you here to check off their work so they can move on to the next task.


· Group leftover desks in clusters around the classroom.  Students will be able to go to any cluster to do their work.

Spanish Class Differentiated Instruction

Students are given a checklist of activities that they are required to do and move from station to station to complete each task.  Why does this work so well??  Because students can take charge of their own learning!

Here’s what one teacher had to say about the “Around Town Differentiated Instruction Packet:”

“So many great activities to choose from! I love the flexibility of using these for stations, classwork, homework, etc. Nicely done! ”

The Stations for the Around Town packet are divided into 4 stations:

1.  Vocabulario – students learn the new vocabulary and do a variety of practice activities to familiarize themselves with their new city/town words and to help them memorize the new vocabulary.


Vocabulary List


Spelling Practice


Spelling and Sentence Structure


¡Adivina Que! ¿Quién es?


Vocabulary Flashcards and Activities
Vocabulary Practice worksheet


Mi Ciudad questions worksheet



1.  Preposiciones – students practice with prepositions.  There are even 2 free PowerPoint presentations included in this section of the packet!


Vocabulary List



Communicative Activity—Giving Directions


Firma, Por Favor (Another Communicative Activity!  Whole class or partner pairs!)


Una Entrevista



Vocabulary Crossword


 3.  Reading & Comprehension – students practice their understanding by reading several texts and answering questions about what they have read.  Students also can print off a map of their own city and practice giving real life instructions!
Reading Activity 1, Following Directions
Reading Activity 2, Answering Questions about mi ciudad
Writing Activity, Option 1– Students’ own city, giving instructions
Writing Activity, Option 2– Giving instructions in a Spanish town
4.  Project Based Assessment – students choose a project to demonstrate their understanding of what they have learned.
El Secreto de mi Tesoro—Pirate City Map Project
La Joya de la Ciudad—City Planner Project
Un Recorrido con Godzila—Godzilla’s Invasion Rehearsal
Una Fiesta—Party Invitation with Directions


I’m so pleased that teachers across the U.S. are enjoying these Stations activities and letting me know!

Here’s what another teacher had to say about this packet:

“Very high quality visuals – I love the station strategy for differentiating. I am just starting to use this – and as far as I can tell now – this bundle will be one that I return to each quarter. Thank you! ”

And just one more.  😉


I hope you’ll head over to my TeachersPayTeachers store and take a look for yourself!  Make sure to check out the free preview and take a look at everything included in this Stations packet.  And if you do purchase and use this packet, I would LOVE to know how the activities worked out for you with your students!!

~La Profesora Frida

Caperucita Roja, Little Red Riding Hood reading comprehension practice Spanish lesson

Looking for new resources for Reading Comprehension lessons for your Spanish 1 students?

One fun way is to use well-known children’s stories.  Little Red Riding Hood, or Caperucita Roja is a story that all of my students are familiar with, so I created a reading comprehension lesson with a twist….

All of the characters are the same: Caperucita Roja, La Abuelita, El Lobo.  And the storyline is basically the same:  Little Red is still going to visit her Grandma and meet The Wolf in the woods. 
BUT, there are a few twists to the story: Little Red isn’t scared of anything, her father works at a zoo, so she knows a thing or two about animals, it’s Grandma’s birthday (she’s not a sick, elderly kind of grandma), and Little Red actually saves the Wolf!

The twist in the story is thrown in specifically to make sure your students are reading and comprehending the story.  The story is 2 pages long, with some tricky words translated at the bottom of each page (to help your students read more smoothly, you may want your kids to use  Spanish/English dictionaries too).  Then there is 1 page of reading comprehension questions.

Lots of cognates are thrown to help along the way.  It’s a fun reading!  And students gain confidence in their abilities when they realize how much they can understand.
There is also a page of instructions for a cartoon-retelling project of the story your students have just read.  🙂  This is also an awesome activity to have on hand for emergency substitute plans.  The lesson could also be used for beginner Spanish 2 students.